Sargodha: Academicians and practitioners have recommended psychology as potential force for practical solutions of the indigenous barriers in the way of developing and flourishing a sustainable community.
The suggestions came forward during a two-day national conference on ‘Psychology for Sustainable Community: Challenges and Trends’ that concluded on Thursday at the University of Sargodha. The conference was organized by the Department of Psychology in collaboration with the Office of the Research Innovation and Commercialization, (ORIC) Sargodha University.
Speakers empirically emphasized on the pragmatic solutions of the aboriginal issues of society and identified certain avenues where psychologist can play their instrumental role in paving the way to sustainable community.
The event aimed at developing synergy between the researchers and practitioners of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences so that the indigenous resources could be efficiently capitalized for the provision of solution to our aboriginal issues related to psychological wellbeing and mental health of the society.
The conference was organized around different themes including applications of psychology in health and wellbeing, dilemmas of adolescents and adults, positive social relations and mental health, personality and individual differences, psychology for leadership, engagement and burnout, perspective of sports and educational psychology and psychology of gender and cross-cultural differences.
During the conference, more than 100 scholars, faculty members and future psychologists from across the country shared their research articles and poster presentations in 12 scientific sessions.
The research papers and poster presentations presented at the conference focused on various domains of psychology and highlighted the pragmatic approach of psychology for the development of sustainable community.
Around 1000 Psychology students from various universities including Punjab University, Comsats University, Islamabad, GCU Lahore, GCU Faisalabad, Bahria University Islamabad, Gujarat University, Hazara University and FJWU Rawalpindi attended the conference. The Vice Chancellor Sargodha University, Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad also graced the event.
Addressing the concluding ceremony, Dr Najma Iqbal, Chairperson, Psychology Department, Sargodha University emphasized on the role of religion, mysticism and spirituality in preserving physical and mental health in the healing process. She said that conference has provided a platform to bring together leading academic scientists, professional researchers and scholars and the community to interchange and share their experiences and knowledge about various pragmatic aspects of Psychology.
At the end, chief guests of the concluded session, Dr Farooq Anwar, Director ORIC, Dr Anjum Murtaza, Deputy Director ORIC and Dr Najma Iqbal presented souvenirs, shields, gifts and participatory certificates among the guests and participants.